Issue: Volume IX No. 10 - July 15, 2002

Boost for Consumer Choice in Healthcare

OVERLOOKED BY MOST LAB EXECUTIVES AND PATHOLOGISTS was a ruling made last month by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It was a significant ruling, but neither the media nor many people in the United States understood its significance. As a result, this ruling got little news coverage. But for the laboratory industry and the entire …

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Two New Public Labs Launch Operations in FL

CEO SUMMARY: In 49 states, independent commercial laboratory companies are disappearing. But that’s not the case in Florida. In recent months, two new public laboratory companies completed organizational steps and now offer diagnostic testing services. Both companies are starting small, but each is optimistic that the healthcare market will support steady growth in specimen volumes …

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Specialty Progresses With CA Lab Regulators

CEO SUMMARY: Earlier this month California laboratory regulators found Specialty Laboratories, Inc. to be “in substantial compliance with California clinical laboratory law.” This is an important milestone in restoring the lab company to full compliance with both state and federal laboratory regulations. Meanwhile, at the CLMA convention in New Orleans, Specialty Labs mounted a major …

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Two Major Hospital Systems First to Join Leapfrog Group

EXPERTS CONSIDER THE DECISION of two major hospital systems to join the Leapfrog Group to be a significant boost to the group’s effort to improve patient safety. HCA, Inc. of Nashville, Tennessee and Promina Health System of Atlanta are the first hospital systems to become members of the Leapfrog Group. Both organizations are large employers …

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United Kingdom Soon to Tackle Consolidation of Hospital Labs

CEO SUMMARY: Consolidation and regionalization of hospital laboratory testing are not isolated phenomenons. Beginning in the late 1980s, individual provinces in Canada began to rationalize lab testing services by building core labs and consolidating lab services across multiple hospitals. By 1995, the same process of lab consolidation across multiple hospitals began mushrooming across the United …

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Aetna, AmeriPath, DIANON, IMPATH, JCAHO

AETNA RECOMMENDS PAYERS SUPPORT GENETIC SCREENING TESTS ALL LABORATORIANS SHOULD send a special note of thanks to Aetna Chairman and CEO John W. Rowe, M.D. for his recommendation that the health industry support the concept of genetic testing. He made these recommendations as part of speech delivered at the Inaugural Symposium on Genetic Privacy and …

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“July 15, 2002 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

In many states, pathologists were hit by substantial increases in the cost of malpractice. In some states, like Pennsylvania, the market for medical malpractice insurance has deteriorated substantially. In the case of AmeriPath, Inc., the nation’s largest operator of hospital-based pathology groups, the increase in malpractice claims caused the company to budget an additional $6-$8 …

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